The Freight Singers
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SoVoSó is an a cappella wonder, with deep roots in the Bay Area music scene and a long history of making vocal magic. SoVoSó–from the Soul to the Voice to the Song–sings jazz, gospel, world, and R&B, including classics and originals, performed with improvisational wizardry and jaw-dropping vocal chops. “The extraordinary richness and brilliance of this virtuoso vocalism lifts you into a special realm,” says the San Jose Mercury News. “Their spectacular voices takes listeners deep into fresh vocal territory,” says the Oakland Tribune. “SoVoSó is tight, soulful, and a whole lotta fun,” says Bobby McFerrin, a musical inspiration for many members of the group.
The current incarnation includes David Worm, Sunshine Becker, Bryan Dyer, Zoe Ellis, Vernon Bush, and Ashling Cole. Over the years, the group has won Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards for Best Jazz Album, Best Jazz Song, Best Folk/World Song, and Best Studio Album, as well as winning an Isadora Duncan Award for Best Score in their collaboration with Robert Moses’ Kin Dance Troupe. They have an outstanding holiday album, Seasonings, which features beautiful versions of “O Holy Night” and “Little Drummer Boy,” as well as a few holiday originals. Celebrate the season with glorious music from SoVoSó!
The Freight Singers are a new community chorus based at the Freight and Salvage led by Zoe Ellis and Bryan Dyer. The chorus introduces singers to music from a variety of cultures inside the U.S. and around the world with an emphasis on traditional/roots music. Participants learn about the historical and cultural context of the music, as well as the style and technique.